Yuka Saso, 2019 Junior PGA Champion, wins U.S. Women's Open
Sunday proved to be a historic day at Olympic Club, as Yuka Saso of the Philippines joined Inbee Park (2008) as the youngest winner of the U.S. Women's Open.
Like Park, Saso was just 19 years, 11 months and 17 days old as she defeated Nasa Hataoka on the third hole of a playoff.
In 2019, Yuka Saso won the @JuniorPGAChamp. Today, she became a major champion at the US Women's Open. pic.twitter.com/PFMXdsRxax— PGA of America (@PGA) June 7, 2021
Just two years ago, Saso was the winner of the 2019 Junior PGA Championship. With Sunday's victory, Saso now has a five-year exemption on the LPGA Tour.
She will be teeing it up later this month in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, where Sei Young Kim returns as the defending champion.
Kim won at Aronimink in 2020 and will try to defend her title at Atlanta Athletic Club, June 24-27.
What a putt. What a finish. Congrats on your historic Major win at The OIympic Club, Yuka Saso. We'll see you at Atlanta Athletic Club, for another Major Championship, in a few short weeks.#USWomensOpen | #KPMGWomensPGA pic.twitter.com/2KP3lD1Xss— KPMGWomensPGA (@KPMGWomensPGA) June 6, 2021
Saso and Kim will be joined by Thailand's Patty Tavatanakit -- winner of the 2021 ANA Inspiration, the LPGA's first major of the season.